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Patriots running back Shane Vereen could be filling in at WR with the sudden lack of targets for Patriots QB Tom Brady, yardbarker.com says. During mini-camp, Vereen was seen at times lining up at the WR position. Last season against the Houston Texans, Vereen displayed his pass catching abilities in a nationally televised game on ESPN, hauling in catches for 25 yds and 33 yds. Vereen finished with three touchdowns in the game.
Vereen attended the University of California in Berkeley under head coach Jeff Tedford. At Berkeley, Tedford ran a pro-style type of offense with an emphasis on precise route running. At Berkeley RB Vereen was able to showcase his abilities both running and catching the ball, according to NFL.COM‘s, reporter Chris Wesseling.
Shane Vereen should be able to create major mismatches if he is covered by a bigger and slower linebacker. The Patriots did this effectively for many years in the past with running backs Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead. Vereen also has big play potential, something that the many of the Patriots current offensive weapons lack.
So, who are the Patriots missing this season? They will be without Aaron Hernandez, Deion Branch, Brandon Lloyd, Danny Woodhead and Wes Welker. Meanwhile, tight end Rob Gronkowski is recovering from back surgery, but could be ready by the beginning of the season.